In 2007 the Lloyd and Mabel Johnson Foundation donated these 51 acres including farmland, oak hickory forest and a buttonbush swamp to Legacy Land Conservancy. Located on the south side of Ann Arbor, the preserve lies immediately adjacent to Lillie Park with an interconnected trail system.
If you start your walk at Johnson from the parking lot you can enjoy a mile-long trail which passes through active farm fields, enters the forest and loops around the button bush swamp on the Harlie Smith boardwalk. A couple connectors to Lillie Park’s trails branch from the woodland trail. Fall colors are especially nice in this woodland. On your walk notice large oak and hickory trees marked with blue circles. These trees were marked at some point as “keepers” for the housing development that was to take place before the land was preserved by Legacy.
Address – Just north of 4595 Platt Rd., Ann Arbor MI (south of the south entrance to Lillie Park)
Parking – Parking is available in a small parking lot near the cell phone tower.